It will be hard for any of the other incoming freshmen at Kansas to garner much attention this summer because of the presence of Andrew Wiggins, but Brannen Greene has found a way to loosen his teammate's stranglehold on the news cycle.
Unfortunately for Greene, however, he didn't make headlines for a good reason.
The 6-foot-7 forward is scheduled to appear in court next month after Lawrence police cited him for leaving the scene of an accident at 3:20 a.m. on July 13, the Lawrence Journal-World reported Tuesday night.
An unoccupied 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis that was parked in a driveway was struck hard enough that night to significantly damage that vehicle's trunk. Witnesses initially couldn't identify the vehicle that hit the Mercury, but a police investigation determined it was a 2002 Chevy Trailblazer owned by a 25-year-old Lawrence man and allegedly driven by Greene.
The obvious question that comes to mind when any driver hits a stationary vehicle at 3:20 a.m. and leaves the scene before police arrive is whether alcohol may have been the cause of the accident. That's a question likely to go unanswered unless Greene addresses it at a later date.
If there's any good news to come from this story for Kansas, it's that the Jayhawks are unlikely to have a P.J. Hairston-like saga on their hands. Even though the car Greene was driving didn't belong to him, it's probably a safe bet an 11-year-old SUV won't spark any extra benefits investigations.
Regardless, Greene would be wise to use this incident as a learning experience.
Kansas will need Greene to contribute off the bench at small forward as a freshman and to prepare for a much bigger role by his sophomore season. The consensus top 50 recruit is certainly capable of that, but he can't let immature off-the-court mistakes jeopardize his standing with the program.
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